We recommend our own favourite walks - one or more for each day of your six-night holiday. Large-scale high-lighted IGN Maps (www.ign.fr) and professional quality route notes are provided for each of the walks.
Alternatively, you can plan your own itineraries – we will be pleased to help you.
Sets of the maps and route-notes for each of the walks are provided on arrival in a Personalised Dossier.
CIRCUITS STARTING AND FINISHING AT LE MOULIN DU CHEMIN
EXTRA CIRCUITS AT LOCAL PLACES OF INTEREST (A CAR IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS THESE)
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE WALKS
Apple and Woodlouse Path
An afternoon walk to stretch your legs after your journey to le Moulin. The route is waymarked and gives a chance to become orientated. Undulating, pretty and unspoiled and, even on a Sunday afternoon, you will see few other people.
Les Jinchères Loops
An intriguing labyrinth of pleasing lanes and tracks north of le Moulin. You’ll probably not see another soul. Pass through cool woods and you will see clear streams, meadows and pastures and an ancient pixie bridge. Our map show all the paths that are open so you can choose how far you wish to walk.
Les Cinq Communes
Up le Moulin’s rocky track through woods with spring orchids. South, with a patchwork of pastures, woods and ancient hedgerows. You will see medieval pantiled farmhouses and a 1619 fortified farm. If the time of year is right there will be swallowtail butterflies, skylarks, hoopoe and hen harriers, to name a few.
La Route du Busseau
Cross stream at le Moulin by the ford, or use the foot-bridge if you prefer, and climb through the woods to the open pasture. Continue west where families of immaculate Parthenaise cattle peacefully graze. Visit the 1,000-year-old villages of Scillé and le Busseau. In spring and early summer there is a profusion of flowers.
La Bois de la Boucherie
South West from le Moulin to the drowsy village of le Beugnon, past la Petite Suisse and through magnificent deciduous forests. The route follows a winding Roman Road (not all Roman roads are straight). In the hedgerows are cherries, plumbs, abricots, figs, apples, medlars, walnuts and hazelnuts - not all fruiting at the same time of course. On this walk you will probably not see more than two or three others persons.
Picnic Walks (the picnic takes place on Wednesdays)
Le Moulin’s leafy valley leads through pastures, woods and orchards. A sylvan lane carpeted in wild garlic leads to a mouth-watering picnic prepared by your hosts, on tables beside the lakes. Chilled rosé and sunlight dappling the table cloth. You may see hoopoe, hen harrier, golden oriole, kingfisher, various woodpeckers and plenty of others. Even a scarce swallowtail butterfly has been seen here.
Route de Fenioux
Spring-flowered meadows where otters have been reported. Hazel and walnuts in the autumn hedgerows. The sleepy village of la Fazilière has a waymarked detour to the restored lavoir and steeping-ponds of ancient basket makers. See loads of birds and butterflies.
14 July Walk
We first went on this walk with other villagers of Scillé under the guidance of the Mayor, to build up an appetite of the 14 July Village Lunch in 2008. The charming walk takes in some quaint corners of the commune not covered by other walks.
La Rocher Branlant
Coulonges Market and Val d'Autize (The market is only on Tuesday mornings - car required)
A 15 minute's drive to the local-produce market at Coulonges-sur-l’Autize on Tuesday mornings, where the locals meet and shop. See the last remaining pissoire in the whole world. Walk in the venelles of St-Pompain. Climb the abandoned viaduct, have a picnic by the roman bridge and stroll in the cool of the walnut groves.
Faymoreau (car required)
A 15 minute drive from le Moulin brings you to Faymoreau where there is an interesting rural waymarked walk through deciduous forests and small farms. Part of the walk uses a disused railway cutting where some unusual geology can be seen. Faymoreau is also worthy of note for striking modern stained glass by Carmelo Zagari - a well known French artist - as well as a fascinating exhibition of the lives of miners and their families between 1827 to 1958 when coal mining was carried out in the area.
Marais Poitevin (car required)
The Marais Poitevin is 40 minute's drive to a vast patchwork of canals, pastures and woods, dotted with picturesque “port” villages. Built by medieval monks to tame a vast river delta on the Atlantic. Numerous waymarked walks as well as medieval and renaissance abbeys to explore. Hire a boatman to gain another perspective and to see fire-on-the-water. Boats for you to paddle are also for hire following waymarked routes on the waterways.
Mervent Lakes and Forest (car required)
A choice of walks which can be combined for a longer distance. Majestic deciduous forest, winding paths, dappled sunlight and wonderful lake and forest vistas. Visit a lakeside bar, Mervent dam and the grotto de Père de Montford. Can be combined with a visit to Vouvant.
Vouvant (car required)
Vouvent is thirty minutes by car from le Moulin and close to Mervent Forest. Vouvant is a fascinating Medieval village with pavement cafés, extensive ramparts, postern gate and the tower of the fairy Melusine who created the village, along with several other fortified towns (each within the space of one night), with an apron-full of stones and a mouthful of saliva. Vouvant has a one-hour walk around the village, taking in each of the places of particular interest.